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Guiding Light Awards: Washington, DC

Guiding Light Awards: Washington, DC

Event Date & Time: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Busboys and Poets | 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
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    Join over 300 philanthropists, frontline activists, strategic partners and allies of the progressive community, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 as we come together for fun, food and festivities - all to honor individuals, campaigns, and organizations for their role in supporting the movement and advancing a healthy, stable democracy. 

    The Guiding Light Awards is our signature fundraiser. We lift up the brave and the intrepid members of our community- progressive pioneers and disruptors, champions for racial equity, economic and gender justice, and protectors of a participatory and popular democracy.




    About Special Guests

    Ibram X. Kendi

    Author & Founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center

    Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize, and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root 100 in 2019, which listed him as the 15th most influential African American between the ages of 25 and 45 and the most influential college professor. In August, Kendi’s third book, How to Be an Antiracist, debuted at no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” Ibram lives in Washington, D.C.

    Andy Shallal

    Founder & Proprietor, Busboys and Poets

    Andy Shallal is an artist, social entrepreneur who strives to make his hometown of Washington, D.C. a more livable community. He is the founder of Busboys and Poets, an environment where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted, which has become a home for progressives, artists and intellectuals including Howard Zinn, Alice Walker and Nikki Giovanni among others. Busboys and Poets is a member of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) focusing on sustainable business and employment practices.  It has been at the forefront of environmental stewardship as one of the first businesses in Washington, D.C. to be 100% wind powered and is at the cutting edge of the local/sustainable food movement. Andy also serves on the board of trustees for the Institute for Policy Studies and is a founding member of Think Local First DC, a local business association.